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  1. I like that they are putting in ships like West Virginia, however I would love to see either alternate, and or options to be able to get or work up to having the ship in the 1944 rebuilt construction version. I like playing Colorado and dont mind her to much in her configuration as she was refit with single 5 inch guns in her last condition. Dont get me wrong I dont think that it would make Wee Vee have to climb a tier but it would be a much better AA platform that how she is in the game now. I just think that she hit her epitome in the last build. I was somewhat impressed at how much time and money were spent on rebuilding, rearming, and modernizing the old Battleships during that time, and just went to show the slow understanding and appreciation of the aircraft carriers. I also know that there were 4 classes of standard type U.S. Battleships that came before Colorado consisting of 9 Battleships starting with Nevada. that means that World of Warships could model at the minimum of 5 and the maximum of 13 battleships, or choices of therein. Of course there are already 4 of these ships with 3 of the classes now in the game. We all no this is not likely to happen and at this point would be a nonsensible request. I have thought that they could have the option of choosing ship names, IE like lets say on Arizona you could choose Pennsylvania. Especially because they were basically Identical ships for the most part. Now, again I am happy to see New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and now West Virginia in the game, and it might get tedious or what some people would consider ridiculous to have a battleship from all 5 standard type classes. With there already being 3 represented in the game though they would only need to put either Nevada or Oklahoma in for that class along with the choices of Tennessee or California for their class. Yes I know that a Tennessee with 12-14 inch guns would be redundant to New Mexico and would be the same tier I'm Sure along with Arizona, but for the love of money and keeping us History Channel buffs pumping more of our pay checks that direction I believe it would be worth it to them. And Yes, once again I would love to be able to play them in the original build and the last refit build also. Oh I almost forgot to mention the first South Dakota class. The six Battleships that were axed due to the Naval Treaty. BB's 49 through 54. They were going to be slightly larger Colorado's with 12-16 inch guns. (Yea, You heard me right) Twelve 406mm 50 caliber mark 2 guns. The same guns that were on the Colorado's. Just 4 more of them. They would have been considered that last Standard Type U.S. Navy Battleships. I think one of these babies could be a tier 8 easy, and or possibly a tier 9 depending on the aa suite. The speed I think would be their worst attribute at a planned 23 knots. Anyway, let me know what you think. Would you like to see some of these ships with the most modern builds on them? would you like to see the option of using different names on the ships that are/were basically Identical? would having multiple Battleships in the U.S. Line just gum up the works, or make it more versatile with slightly different play styles like they have done with Alabama and Massachusetts? I think over time it would make the game more interesting and diverse. USS West Virginia 1944 USS Tennessee 1945 1st South Dakota Class BB Model USS Nevada 1945
  2. Some photos from my visit to Pearl today: The ride to and from the Arizona memorial (though not on the memorial itself, given its current need for structural repairs) Arizona's original anchor, surrounded by plaques listing the name of the survivors of her destruction One of the bells recovered from Arizona's wreck, along with a mini-model with braille captions (the other one currently sits in the University of Arizona) The Tree of Life, a sculpture meant evoke rebirth and memory (and apparently inspired by Arizona's superstructure) A model of a Kate torpedo bomber mostly hidden from outside the entrance, supplementing a mural depicting the start of the attack (the mural in question depicts a torpedo bomber making an attack on Battleship Row Lest anyone forget, it wasn't only navy personnel that died on Arizona: quite a few marines also perished (and survived) in the battleship's destruction. A side shot of Mighty Mo in her navy blue camouflage The place where USS Nevada was originally moored— the only battleship to get underway at Pearl (and ran aground to prevent the Japanese planes from blocking the channel by sinking her), and even 2 atomic bombs and the combined shelling of 3 warships (including USS Iowa) weren't enough to down this tough lady. As the caption for this trophy stated, the final showdown between the bands of the two Pennsylvania-class battleships never took place, but was instead posthumously given to the band of Arizona by Pennsylvania's. Apparently, much like today's sports teams, the various warships also had their own ship-specific banners and whatnot Now this was unexpected. Sadako Sasaki died at the age of 12 from leukemia caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Before her death, however, she folded 1k paper cranes (and about 300 extra) as a legend stated that whoever folded 1k of them would be granted a wish, and these cranes have become a symbol of hope for peace. Most of them are displayed in the A-bomb museums in Japan, but it seems some were on display here. Although Hawaii had about 150k Japanese-Americans—about 1/3 of the total population—when the attack occurred, only 1.8k at most were interned (which perhaps, more than anything else, indicates the falseness of the "fears of sabotage" arguments for the internment camps). Still, despite widespread racism and worse, they played crucial roles in the American war effort, achieving monumental feats in various capacities from translating the Japanese Z-plan (which led to the Battle of the Philippines Sea) to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team becoming one of the most decorated units in US military history. The plaque declaring USS Growler (SS-215) to be Hawaii's state boat, part of a memorial that lists every single US submarine lost in the Pacific theater and the names of those lost with them, including the famous ones like Albacore and Harder. More than a few were sunk by faulty torpedoes that circled back once fired. Bonus—what I found in the Chinese restaurant I went to for dinner: The bottom picture, as the flags would indicate, is the president and first lady of Taiwan. Quite a few other celebrities too, including Jackie Chan here
  3. Avenge_December_7

    77 Years Ago

    The world was changed forever when, in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, a date US President FDR declared to would "live in infamy", 353 attack planes from the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an attack on the US Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, which was situated on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. For the loss of five midget submarines, 29 planes, 64 pilots killed and 1 midget submarine crew member captured, the Japanese Empire destroyed or severely damaged 9 battleships (one used as a target/AA training ship), 3 cruisers, 4 destroyers, 3 cruisers, and 5 auxiliary ships, 347 planes destroyed or damaged. In addition, 2,335 US servicemen were killed—1177 of them when a bomb penetrated into and detonated in USS Arizona's forward magazines—and another 1,143 wounded. The attack caused any previous isolationist sentiment in the US to collapse practically overnight and drew it into World War 2 on the Allied side. Even though it has been close to 8 decades now since the first bomb fell, the world we live then is still heavily affected by it. Time is relentless, however. This year's commemoration of the attack is the first one which will have no survivors of USS Arizona in attendance. It is a stark reminder of the fact that, someday, all that lived through the attack and by far the most devastating war in modern history will be gone. In memory of those who fell that day.
  4. I was thinking on making another video with Wows based around this if anyone wanted to help with filming and bringing of appropriate ships let me know.
  5. So_lt_Goes

    Day of Infamy

    For US Navy veterans, or anyone else who's been there, the sadness at the Arizona Memorial is palpable. Like walking the fields of Ypres or crossing Burnside's Bridge at Antietam, the dead call out to us. We do not forget. The only glory in war belongs to the warriors. Rest well, shipmates. We have the watch.
  6. DocWalker

    77 Years Ago

    Friday will mark the 77th Anniversary of this "date which will live in infamy". My dad and 3 uncles fought in WWII, 2 of them in the Navy. So, this has always been a significant day of remembrance. I was unaware of some of the other "hidden memorials" of Pearl Harbor, however, until I came across the article below, published 2 years ago. I hope you find it interesting as well. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/06/hidden-memorials-pearl-harbor-oahu/94039116/
  7. http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/11/21/breaking-news/ray-chavez-nations-oldest-pearl-harbor-survivor-dies-at-106/ (but there are plenty other outlets) Today on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the oldest survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack has died in his sleep after battling pneumonia. Ray Chavez was born March 12, 1912 in San Bernardino, California, to Mexican immigrant parents, who later moved to San Diego and operated a wholesale flower business. He joined the US Navy in 1938. Ray was 29 years old when he was a crew member of the minesweeper USS Condor which, at 3:45 am that day, discovered a Japanese mini-submarine at the east entrance of Pearl Harbor. The vessel notified a destroyer (the Wickes-class USS Ward DD-139) which later attacked and sunk said submarine. Exhausted, he went to sleep, only to be woken at around 8:10 am by his wife as the main attack began. He then spent more than a week assisting in the post-attack operations, witnessing things that left him with terrible mental scars and PTSD. He was later assigned to the transport ship USS La Salle (AP-102), which ferried equipment and troops for various operations across the Pacific from Luzon to Okinawa. Leaving the navy after the war, he became a landscaper and groundskeeper, as plants in general were his passion, and retired at the age of 95. Although he did not initially attend the Pearl Harbor attack memorial ceremonies or even speak of it for decades, he did finally attend the 50th anniversary, attending sporadically but finally going to every ceremony since 2011. He always insisted that the events were not about him, despite having much publicity directed at him, instead stating that it was about those who gave their lives. According to his daughter, "he’d just shrug his shoulders and shake his head and say, ‘I was just doing my job.'" He is preceded in death by his wife Margaret, leaving his daughter as the only survivor. God bless him, his service to the nation, and his sacrifices. May he rest in peace. Edit: corrected from last to oldest
  8. I actually wasn't going to do any more of these, but I finished a book this morning that told a history that I felt needed to be remembered. That book was called The Ship That Wouldn't Die: The Saga of the USS Neosho A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea by Don Keith. Admittedly I only picked up this book because I spent some years of my childhood in a quaint town called Neosho, Missouri; so my curiosity was piqued when I came across the title. This book isn't about about a warship, at least not in the common sense. The USS Neosho was a Cimarron-Class oiler that was moored between the USS California and the ships USS Maryland, USS Oklahoma at Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The captain and crew not only shot down one Kate dive bomber and held off others with its meager AA armament and a collection of small arms raided from a weapons locker, but got underway to remove their full load of fuel from among the battleships to prevent a potentially catastrophic explosion. USS California and USS Neosho during the attack on Battleship Row Following this attack the USS Neosho had the distinction of being the only fleet oiler in the Pacific for some time. This made her one of if not the most important ship in the Pacific. She was quickly folded into Task Force 17 and given the responsibility of maintaining the fleet which acted as America's first response to the unchecked Japanese expansion in the Pacific. Admiral Frank Fletcher knew well her value, and to safeguard the oiler he had the USS Neosho and her escort the USS Sims leave the fleet for what should've been safer waters, but when a Japanese scout plane mistook the oiler for an enemy carrier the two ships would suffer a tragedy that has sadly been almost forgotten. The initial erroneous identification of the oiler and her escort ship had been corrected by the first Japanese bombers on site, however when it became clear that the task force was not in the vicinity the order was given to attack them anyways. This may have been a strategic play on the part of Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue, however the commitment of planes weakened the strike capabilities of the Japanese carriers when scouts from Task Force 17 and the Imperial 4th Fleet mutually spotted each other at roughly the same time as the USS Neosho and USS Sims came under attack. This gave a decided advantage to Admiral Fletcher in what would be known as the Battle of the Coral Sea. The survivors of the two stricken ships however would be adrift for four hellish days of fire, thirst, sharks and a dwindling hope of rescue. There were many instances of personal valor and many citations in recognition for the actions taken by survivors from both ships, including later ships bearing the name of at least two men whose actions during the ordeal saved the lives of many and a posthumous Medal of Honor for Chief Watertender Oscar Peterson for being one of the most hardcore badasses to have ever walked the Earth. There were also shameful instances of cowardice, dereliction of duty and questionable actions that had led to many deaths. If you guys have some free time on your hands do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book. I could hardly put it down once I started.
  9. Well, despite being drag butt tired, I manged to unlock the Helena tonight. My daughter was looking over my shoulder as I put her "night of remembrance" camo on her... I explained that I really wanted her, as not only was she real, unlike the Dallas, that she had a very interesting history. We talked a bit about Pearl Harbor, where she got torpedoed, and my daughter asked me: "Is she the one that still cries oil?" "Nope that is the Arizona, but she was sunk in the same attack. I don't have her, but I can pull up her picture here in port." So I did...we talked about how much oil a ship like that would have on board, etc. 30 seconds here and there can add up to a big deal, IMO. Anyway, the Helena might be the best looking CA in my port. Two thumbs waaay up!
  10. Hello! I need a bit of help again with identification. This is a plaque that is supposedly for the battleship California: https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/0616/26/uss-california-bb-44-plaque-c1920s_1_3ea89bfb1975cc3f7f6ba1d0462e88b0.jpg It's a very nice piece, but I am mainly wondering whether this is actually an interwar commemorative piece that was given during the ship launching. I'm just a bit concerned because the battleship California is somewhat famous for being at Pearl Harbor. Also, I also see that there was a similar object that was sold for the USS Oklahoma, which makes me question the authenticity of it a bit. https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/0617/16/s-oklahoma-bb-37-pewter-plaque-ww1_1_cade0375e9322c0f49d0117adac3f202.jpg I thus ask: Was this a case of the US government being cheap in recycling designs (the two battleships came out at similar times after all) or is this a modern commemorative piece from after the war (despite the design looking interwar). Thanks!